Baby bonus bad for environment (OCT)
The Federal Government’s baby bonus is encouraging an increased birth rate, which will put
more pressure on Australia’s and the world’s already overstressed environment.
Recent figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed 265,000 babies were born in
Australia last year, the highest number since 1971 and an increase of 15,000 from the
previous year. Such an unhelpful increase in births is made worse through the Howard
Government’s $4,000 baby bonus.
The Government’s push to lift the birth rate is bad policy, particularly on environmental
Australia is the driest inhabited country on Earth and every mainland capital city is
experiencing water shortages. Each extra person added to the population increases the demand
for water at a time when there is not enough to supply the existing population.
Increasing the population also adds to the problem of global warming. Australia has the
highest per capita emissions of greenhouse gases in the world, so a rise in the birth rate
increases greenhouse gas emissions and hence global warming.
Sustainable Population Australia urges both the Government and individuals to consider the
effect on the environment of bringing more people into the world. A person’s decision to
remain childless is morally justifiable on the grounds of conserving the environment.
Dr Ian Macindoe, National President, Sustainable Population Australia Inc.
Phone: (02) 9639 4654; Mob: 0403 898 490
Ms Sheila Newman, National Vice-President, Sustainable Population Australia Inc.
Phone: (03) 9783 5047
Mr Gordon Hocking, National Secretary, Sustainable Population Australia Inc.
Phone: (02) 9528 6091.